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1. THREE NEW WAYS TO STAY IN THE NORTHERN PLAINS DISTRICT LOOP
2. FAIRVIEW COB PARENTING WORKSHOP - STARTING OCTOBER 15
3. DISTRICT FUN-RAISER AT ANKENY COB – OCTOBER 16
4. IOWA CITY/CEDAR RAPIDS COB FELLOWSHIP DINNER - OCTOBER 29
5. DISTRICT YOUTH RETREAT AT IVESTER COB - NOVEMBER 11-13
6. FEATURED MINISTRY STUDENT: MARILYN J. KOEHLER
7. WANTED: OUTSIDE PHOTO OF YOUR CHURCH BUILDING
8. 2011 NATIONAL OLDER ADULT CONFERENCE REPORT
9. DISTRICT BOARD REORGANIZES FOR 2011-2012
10. 2011 DISTRICT CONFERENCE UPDATE
11. HONORING LEADERS WITH AFFIRMATION AND APPRECIATION
12. TALES FROM THE TOOL TRAILER
13. CONTACT INFORMATION AND CALENDAR OF EVENTS
THREE NEW WAYS TO STAY IN THE NORTHERN PLAINS DISTRICT LOOP
Jess Hoffert, District Communications Intern
1. VISIT the Northern Plains District website. Check out the interactive congregations map with important addresses, phone numbers and driving directions to churches in the district. Take the survey while you're on the page to let us know what you'd like to see on the site in the future.
2. LIKE “Northern Plains District (Church of the Brethren)” on Facebook. Get the latest information about upcoming events and check out photos and video from this year’s District Conference. Best of all, use Facebook to connect and reconnect with your fellow Brethren.
3. SUBSCRIBE to “District News and Announcements." If you're reading this right now, you probably don't need to do that...but be sure to let your friends know about this, too. Our monthly e-mail newsletter includes submissions from folks all over the district. It’s a great way to see what our fellow brothers and sisters are doing in other congregations. Those who already receive District News and Announcements do not need to re-subscribe.
Please also consider being your church’s Communications Partner for the district. We are looking for a representative from each congregation to submit prayer requests to the District Communications Intern, so they can pass them on to the church that’s praying for you that week. If you are interested in being the Communications Partner, or have any other questions or comments about District Communications, e-mail Jess Hoffert at email@example.com.
Peace and blessings! [RETURN TO TOP]
FAIRVIEW COB PARENTING WORKSHOP - STARTING OCTOBER 15
Denise L. A. Campbell, Fairview Church of the Brethren
"You kids are driving me crazy!" Sound familiar? If so, we have a wonderful parent workshop called "Making Children Mind without Losing Yours" presented by Dr. Kevin Lemman. Dr. Lemman shares six lessons by DVD with a workbook packed full of insights for all stages of parenthood. Topics like "Why Kids Misbehave", "Nine Ways to be your Teenager's Best Friend" or "ABC's of Self-Image" just to name a few of the lessons. The workshop is free with child care provided. Scheduled dates are October 15th, 22nd, 29th, November 5th, 12th, & 19th at 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. with refreshments provided after the workshop at Fairview Church of the Brethren located at 8140 Highway T61, Unionville, IA (2 1/2 miles South of Unionville, IA 52594) Please make your reservations today by calling 641-436-0126 voicemail or email firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line, "Workshop Reservation" with following details as your name, phone number and how many will be attending with you on this great workshop about parenting. We look forward in seeing you there. [RETURN TO TOP]
DISTRICT FUN-RAISER AT ANKENY COB – OCTOBER 16
Come to a FUN-RAISER for the Northern Plains District: October 16, 2011 @ 4 p.m at Ankeny Church of the Brethren!
Food – Fellowship – Folk Music – Fun Facts
Enjoy a time of trivia games and sing-along folk music with Tim Button-Harrison, followed by a SOUP SUPPER.
This is a a fundraiser sponsored by the Ankeny Church of the Brethren for area district churches. A free-will offering will be taken. [RETURN TO TOP]
IOWA CITY/CEDAR RAPIDS COB FELLOWSHIP DINNER - OCTOBER 29
Scattered Brethren in the Iowa City and Cedar Rapids area are planning a Fellowship Dinner for October 29, 2011, at the First Mennonite Church, 405 Myrtle Avenue, in Iowa City. Plans are to meet at 5:00 with dinner starting at 5:30. Everyone is invited to attend. To help reach more Brethren in our area, we are asking everyone to let us know of friends or family that might be living near Iowa City and Cedar Rapids. Names and contact information (telephone number, e-mail address, and mailing address) can be sent to Doyle Harper at email@example.com or give Doyle a call for more information. His telephone number is 515-480-8745. A special invitation will be sent to the English River, Cedar Rapids, and Robins congregations but we would be happy to have anyone from the Northern Plains District attend! [RETURN TO TOP]
DISTRICT YOUTH RETREAT AT IVESTER COB – NOVEMBER 11-13
Open to all Senior High Youth (including recent graduates)! Enjoy plenty of fun and games, singing, fellowship and spiritual time at the District Youth Retreat. The fun starts Friday evening (November 11) and continues through Sunday morning (November 13) at Ivester Church of the Brethren.
Reconnect with old friends and make new ones as well. Take a break from your busy fall schedule to enjoy some time in God's presence. $35 registration fee covers the cost of everything, including meals.
Contact Barbara Wise Lewczak at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
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FEATURED MINISTRY STUDENT: MARILYN J. KOEHLER
Lois Grove, Minister of Leadership Development and TRIM Coordinator
Marilyn J. Koehler of Udell, Iowa has served in many capacities for the church, starting as Sunday School teacher when she was 14 continuing through the years with every age level. Her love of learning about the Bible began at age 11 under the guidance of her mother. She was a public school teacher and administrator for 34 years; in retirement she answered the call to ministry and pursuit of more Bible study with TRiM; she was licensed by the Fairview congregation in 2009. Marilyn served as interim in the Ottumwa Church of the Brethren for 11 months in 2010. She is presently doing an on-line study with Bethany Seminary on the Old Testament. Marilyn continues to study for personal growth and spiritual renewal; she should finish TRiM studies in 2012. Click here for a picture of Marilyn and David Koehler on a recent trip to Israel. [RETURN TO TOP]
WANTED: OUTSIDE PHOTO OF YOUR CHURCH BUILDING
Karen B. Harper is creating a Northern Plains picture map using photos of each church building in our District for identification. To help with this project, please email an outside photo of your church building to email@example.com [RETURN TO TOP]
2011 NATIONAL OLDER ADULT CONFERENCE REPORT
Eight persons from Northern Plains District participated in the 2011 Church of the Brethren National Older Adult Conference, September 5-9 at Lake Junalaska, NC: Harold and Joanne Mack (Panther Creek), Vernon and Frances Merkey (Ankeny), Lyle and Marlene Neher (Ivester)¸Bill and Lois Grove (Peace), Roy Unruh and Mildred Martens-Unruh (South Waterloo). Click here to view stories, photos and videos of the conference. And click here to learn about Older Adult Ministries in the Church of the Brethren. [RETURN TO TOP]
DISTRICT BOARD REORGANIZES FOR 2011-2012
The Northern Plains District Board reorganized on July30 at District Conference. Here is the 2011-2012 Board Roster:
Executive Committee: Kathy Mack (Board President), David Whitten (Vice-President), Barbara Lewczak (Ministry Chair),: Rhonda Pittman Gingrich (Nurture Chair), Laverna Sincox (Stewards Chair), Judy Mill (Witness Chair). Ex Officio on Executive Committee: Alan Oneal (Recording Secretary), Diane Mason (Treasurer), Ida Van Westen (Moderator), Roger Emmert (Moderator-Elect), Tim Button-Harrison (District Executive), Lois Grove (Leadership Development).
Ministry Commission: Barbara Lewczak (chair), Ernie Dicks (secretary), Lucinda Douglas, Paul Little, Daniel Butler
Nurture Commission: Rhonda Pittman Gingrich (chair), Brian Archer (secretary), Diana Lovett, Terri Hansen, Christina Singh, Alina Douglas
Stewards Commission: Laverna Sincox (chair), Conrad Douglas (secretary), Ron Steege, Beverly Brinegar, Sarah Mason
Witness Commission: Judy Mill (chair), David Oliver (secretary), Diane Nolt, Merlin Grady, LaDonna Brunk, Brianna Goldman
Others: Nelda Rhodes-Clarke (Standing Committee), Dick and Karen Williams (Disaster Ministries), Kirby Leland (Camp Pine Lake Board Chair)
We also want to recognize those District Board members who completed their service: Linda Lantz, Mark Gingrich, Sandi Cox, Jeanne Helleso, Aaron Peter. Thank you for your leadership!
District Board meetings are open to all. Guests and observers are welcome. Here are meeting dates/locations for the upcoming year: October 28-29, 2011 (Fairview Church of the Brethren), February 3-4, 2012 (South Waterloo Church of the Brethren), April 27-28, 2012 (Camp Pine Lake), August 3-4, 2012 (District Conference, Cedar Rapids Baptist/Brethren). (To see the list of host congregations for District Board meetings since 2001 – click here.) [RETURN TO TOP]
2011 DISTRICT CONFERENCE UPDATE
Look for a report and overview of the 2011 District Conference in a special edition of District News and Announcements being sent out next week. In the meantime, check out some photos of District Conference on our Northern Plains District Facebook Page. (And remember to “like” our Facebook page so you will receive updates and new photos as they are posted.) [RETURN TO TOP]
HONORING LEADERS WITH AFFIRMATION AND APPRECIATION
Lois Grove, Minister of Leadership Development
It is now the month of October: time again to write on the theme of honoring our pastors. Since October is Pastor Appreciation Month, I want to appeal to each church in the Northern Plains District to make plans to celebrate your pastor’s presence among you in a special way.
A note of thanks, an invitation to a meal, a gift for the pastor, or children or spouse or all three, a drama in worship depicting appreciation for a job well done, a reception after worship, a promise to pray regularly for your pastor—these are just several of many ways you can say “I’m glad you’re in ministry with us.”
I received a note of affirmation the other day from one of our churches, signed by a host of people, most of whom I knew. A simple gesture, but what a morale booster. I know this congregation takes the act of affirming leadership very seriously because they wanted more information and ideas when I wrote an article similar to this two years ago. That article stated 20 different ways to show your appreciation to your pastor. My challenge to you is that I receive a letter, phone call or e-mail from each church in our district telling me how you celebrated your pastor’s presence in your church. Next October I will publish that list!
Blessings as you care for the one(s) you called to ministry with you. [RETURN TO TOP]
TALES FROM THE TOOL TRAILER
Dick and Karen Williams, District Disaster Coordinators
It seems the disasters continue to come. We now have flooding in Pennsylvania as a result of Hurricane Irene. There is a desperate need for cleanup buckets as the supply has dwindled to around 30 as we write this.
To assemble an Emergency Clean-up Bucket you will need: One five gallon bucket with resealable lid, Five scouring pads, Seven sponges (assorted sizes), One scrub brush, Eighteen cleaning towels (reusable), One 50-78 oz. laundry detergent, One 12 oz. bottle liquid concentrate household , Cleaner (like Lysol), One 25 oz. bottle liquid disinfectant dish soap (like
Dawn), One package of 48-50 clothes pins, Clothesline (two 50 ft. or one 100 ft.), Five dust masks, Two pairs latex gloves (like Playtex), One pair work gloves, 28-bag roll of heavy duty trash bags (30-45 gallon), One 6-9 oz bottle insect repellant (not aerosol).
Please provide all liquids in new, unopened plastic bottles. Be sure to send only new materials. Place all items in the plastic bucket, making sure they are packed securely to avoid damage during shipment, and seal lid with packing tape. (For more information, contact us or go here.)
There are 3 Brethren Disaster Ministry projects still ongoing. They are in Bellevue/Brentwood TN, Ashland City TN, and Pulaski VA. Northern Plains needs to provide 5 volunteers for the Bellevue project the week of 23 to 29 October. Please let us know if you are available to work at this project. Dick & Karen Williams, District Disaster Coordinators, firstname.lastname@example.org, 641-667-3862. [RETURN TO TOP]
CONTACT INFORMATION AND CALENDAR OF EVENTS
DISTRICT STAFF CONTACT INFORMATION
Tim Button-Harrison, District Executive, 1211 Clark Ave., Ames, IA 50010, 641-485-5604, email@example.com
Nancy Davis, Office/Financial Secretary, P.O. Box 493, Ankeny, IA 50021, 515-964-4816, firstname.lastname@example.org
Lois Grove, Leadership Development, 6 Grenville St., Council Bluffs, IA 51503, 712-326-8266, email@example.com
Matt and Betsy Kueker, Camp Managers, 23008 W Avenue, Eldora, IA 50627, 641-939-5334, firstname.lastname@example.org
Barbara Lewczak, Camp Program Director, 26505 195th St., Minburn, IA 50167, 515-240-0060, email@example.com
Jess Hoffert, Communications Intern, 708 16th Street Apt. 3, Des Moines, IA 50314, 507-429-0495, firstname.lastname@example.org
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
October 8, Camp Board Meeting
October 11, Central Iowa Brethren Pastors, Ankeny COB, 10 a.m.
October 12-13, DE at Pastoral Compensation & Benefits Advisory Committee, Elgin, IL
October 14, Pork and Turkey Roast Dinner, Ottumwa COB, 4 p.m.
October 16, District Fun-Raiser, Ankeny COB, 4-7 p.m.
October 23-29, Northern Plains Disaster Workin Bellevue/Brentmont Tennessee
October 28-29, District Board Meeting, Fairview Church of the Brethren
October 29, Iowa City Area Brethren Gathering, First Mennonite Church of Iowa City, 5 p.m.
November 5, Church Development and Renewal Committee, Clear Lake Library, 10:30
November 8, NE Iowa/SE MN Brethren Pastors Meeting, South Waterloo COB, noon
November 8, Central Iowa Brethren Pastors Meeting, Stover Mem. COB, 10 a.m.
November 14-17, DE at Advanced Foundations for Church Leadership
November 18-21,, DE on vacation
December 4, Sue Bollinger Ordination Service, Lewiston (MN) COB
December 13¸Central Iowa Brethren Pastors Meeting, Ankeny COB, 10 a.m.
---- 2012 ----
January 21-26, Council of District Executives Winter Meeting
February 3-4, District Board Meeting, South Waterloo COB
February 18, Church Development and Renewal Committee, Clear Lake Public Library, 10:30
February 27-March 1, DE at Advanced Foundations for Church Leadership
March 20, Central Iowa Ecumenical Pastors Forum, Ankeny Resurrection Lutheran, 9noon
April 5, Maundy Thursday Love Feasts
April 27-28, District Board Meeting, Camp Pine Lake, Eldora, IA
May 17-19, Church of the Brethren, Church Planting Conference
May 22-23, Iowa Ecumenical Leaders Annual Retreat
June 18-21, DE at Advanced Foundations for Church Leadership
July 1-7, Brethren Song and Story Festivalat Camp Emmanuel, Astoria, IL
July 7-11, Annual Conference,St. Louis,MO
August 3-5, Northern Plains District Conference, Cedar Rapids Brethren/Baptist Church
September 24-27, DE at Advanced Foundations for Church Leadership
---- 2013 ----
June 29-July 3, Annual Conference, Charlotte, NC
---- 2014 ----
June 28-July 2, Annual Conference, Columbus, OH
---- 2015 ----
July 11-15, Annual Conference, Tampa, FL
---- 2016 ----
July 2-6, Annual Conference, Greensboro, NC [RETURN TO TOP]